The BYU Cougars and the Rice Owls have canceled their home-and-home football series that was scheduled for 2023 and 2025, FBSchedules.com has learned.
Earlier today, the Rice Owls announced a new home-and-home football series with the UConn Huskies for the 2023 and 2028 seasons. In the official release from the school, Rice stated that the game against UConn in 2023 replaced a previously scheduled game at the BYU Cougars that same season.
BYU, currently a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Independent, is moving to the Big 12 Conference beginning with the 2023 season. As a result, the Cougars have been purging games from their future schedules since they will only be playing three non-conference games a season as a Big 12 member.
The 2025 Rice-BYU game in Houston was not mentioned in the release, so we contacted Rice Assistant Athletics Director/Athletic Communications Chuck Pool for clarification. Pool stated that it was his “understanding” that the game against BYU in 2025 has also been canceled.
Rice’s 2023 non-conference schedule is tentatively complete with four games. The Owls are scheduled to open the season at the Texas Longhorns on Sept. 2 and will host back-to-back home games against the Houston Cougars on Sept. 9 and the Texas Southern Tigers on Sept. 16.